Mike, Keep it coming...this is great stuff. I really like the term "suggested weight" over the term max weight. Makes me much more comfortable with items an once or two over. I dont see anything missing.
I would like to know if anyone has done a trip prep check list. I've found I'm good with gear, but sometimes I am still up late at night before a trip doing all the things I forgot. Here are some examples.
* Plan route (identify distance, likely camp locations, and water strategy)
* Determine trail logistics (map drive to trail head, where can I park, what permits do I need)
* Review wilderness regulations (where can I camp, can I build a fire, etc)
* Purchase food
* Prepare daily food bags (weighs out daily snacks, repackage breakfast & snacks, prepare freezer bag dinners)
* Get hiking poles
* Charge cell phone
* Recharge camera battery
* Change batteries in GPS
* Load topo maps onto GPS
* Fill up car
* Photo copy trail map (2 copies) - leave one map copy with wife, itinerary marked. Put 2nd copy in ziplock and put in hiking pants pocket.
* Determine fuel needs and refill bottle
* Fill up 1 liter of water
* Checks meds and refill (usually just add used iboprofin)
* Check personal items and replenish (toothpaste dots & floss)
* Check liquids and replenish (deet, dr bonners)
* Set out trail clothes
* Pack backpack, except quilt (leave unpacked till trail head)
When you solo hike you have less opportunity for a missed item so I'm pretty complete. I rarely miss a thing, but often up late make sure.